Riveting Elegance: La Bota Manzanilla Pasada “Bota Punta” #80

Posted by Joe Salamone

Equipo Navazos' Manzanilla Pasadas are utterly singular and simply brilliant.

For us, the Manzanilla Pasada represents Equipo Navazos at their best.

They represent utterly singular and completely captivating expressions of sherry. Jesús Barquin, sherry scholar and one of La Bota's founders, was in the store a few years ago and said this about the solera that it originates from: "This is very special. I don't know of anything else like it in sherry country." I once tasted through nearly all of the 15 barrels that make up the solera and it was one of the most amazing tastings I've ever taken part in.

What's amazing is that the solera had never been commercialized until La Bota unearthed it. For decades, the "Capataz" (the bodega foreman) kept it going by drawing small amounts of wine and refreshing it to keep the flor (yeasts) alive. He couldn't let Manzanilla of such incredible quality go.

Manzanilla Pasadas exist in a liminal stage between energetic Manzanillas and deeper and darker Amontillados. What results is a thrilling saline cut with a mesmerizing depth of complexity. Just to put some numbers to all of this, whereas most Manzanillas are between three to four years old, these boast an average age of 15 years or more.

Out of this solera the "Bota Punta" (the barrel at the end row) is even more special. It starts by being identified as having a unique, more intense character than the rest of the barrels in the solera. Then, it's treated differently. When it comes to refreshing this barrel, wine is taken from the solera instead of the younger wine from the 1st criadera, which is the normal procedure. This builds an insane amount of concentration and complexity while simultaneously emphasizing the aristocratic finesse. You can expect the #80 to be insanely complicated, elegant and with a riveting chalky core.

A few years ago. I was lucky enough to attend a tasting of all of the releases from this solera at that time (#s 10, 20, 30, 39 & 40) and my impressions of just how special it is only deepened. One of the things that the tasting drove home was just how well the wines aged: six years after release, the #10 was simply stunning. You'll definitely want to take advantage of the special 3-pack price and cellar a bottle or two.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits